Pisgah Press authors will read at Blue Ridge Books

Aug 14, 2013

Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville’s premier bookstore will present three authors from Asheville-based publisher Pisgah Press (www.pisgahpress.com) reading from their works at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17.

Sarah-Ann Smith, a novelist, essayist, retired U.S. diplomat and former Asheville resident, will lead off with her acclaimed novel, "Trang Sen," which focuses on a young Vietnamese woman coming of age through the fear and turmoil of the Viet Nam War. Smith will be joined by Fairview-based poet Donna Lisle Burton, author of "Letting Go, Collected Poems 1983-2003," whose work has appeared in dozens of publications over the past 20 years; and A. D. Reed, author of the popular writers guide, "Reed’s Homophones: a comprehensive book of sound-alike words."

The three writers will read, discuss their books, and sign copies at the reading, which is free and open to the public.

Reed, editor in chief at Pisgah Press, says, “We’re so grateful to Blue Ridge Books for opening their doors for this joint reading. It’s an ideal opportunity for area readers—and the many writers who live in the western counties—to hear local writers read from their work. These mountains produce and nurture an incredible amount of talent, and Pisgah is very fortunate to get to work with many of them.”

Sarah-Ann Smith

Smith, a retired Foreign Service officer and former teacher, wrote the international novel Trang Sen over a period of two decades. After retiring from the U.S. State Department, she moved to Asheville, where she lived for 14 years before relocating to Spartanburg, SC several years ago. Set primarily in Vietnam and Washington, DC during the 1970s, "Trang Sen" has been described as a historical novel, a classic romance, and a timeless coming-of-age novel. It is literary fiction at its best and is becoming a popular choice for book clubs.

Like Pearl Buck

Carol Currie, writing in the Asheville Citizen-Times, called "Trang Sen" “a historical novel that rings true to that troubling time.”  Teri Davis, for the Midwest Book Review writes, “The journey is truly addictive … 'Trang Sen' is a novel for everyone.”

And Australian reviewer Ia Uaro praises "Trang Sen" as “the portrait of a beautiful land teeming with lives, in vivid colours that we can see, sounds that we can hear, along with scents, tastes and texture. Not only does she introduce us to the exotic culture and habits … she delves deep into their fascinating minds … with skills that remind me of Pulitzer award winner Pearl S. Buck.”

Donna Lisle Burton

Renowned poets who have read Donna Burton’s "Letting Go: Collected Poems 1983-2003" have described it in glowing terms. NC Poet Laureate Cathy Smith Bowers says, “Reading the poems of Donna Lisle Burton is like happening upon a cache of tender and beautifully crafted love letters.” Pat Riviere-Seel, winner of the 2009 Roanoke-Chowan Award for Poetry adds, “Do not be misled by the title: once you start reading, there will be no Letting Go.” Trudy Barreras, in her review on Amazon.com, wrote, “Poetry, by its very nature, is to be lived and absorbed, and reflected on privately and shared lovingly and not critically.… The wisdom of maturity and life experience is what makes Donna Burton’s work … so rich, textured and poignant. Anyone who wants a heartfelt glimpse into both painful reality and joy, and loves poetry, should definitely read it.”

A.D. Reed

A long-time professional editor, A.D. Reed is an Asheville native whose reference text, "Reed’s Homophones," was described by Pulitzer-nominated author David Madden as “…the handiest quick reference on the subject.” British writer and critic Ian Douglas, reviewing the book on Amazon.com (UK), calls it “… a very readable and enjoyable study of homophones which had me laughing out loud in places. [I] would recommend every writer and editor have a copy of this excellent reference book on their desks.”

Top Amazon reviewer Grady Harp says, “A.D. Reed is a godsend! For writers, both professional and casual, here at last is a book of homophones (aka homonyms) gathered with a flair for entertainment as well as education. Indispensible!” Fred Flaxman, award-winning author of "Sixty Slices of Life … on Wry," calls Reed’s Homophones “a must for every writer, for sure, and for everyone interested in the English language.”

The reading and reception are free and open to all. For more details, call or visit Blue Ridge Books, 152 South Main Street, Waynesville, at 828-456-6000 or Allison.blueridge@gmail.com; or contact Pisgah Press by email at wordmaster@charter.net, online at www.pisgahpress.com, or by phone at 828-301-8968.